Clever title, right? It made me laugh.
I FINALLY MADE IT OFF THE PLANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 35 hours of traveling, 3 layovers, 2 continents, one very big ocean, and one amazing massage chair in a lounge and I made it.
See my earlier post about food, that includes a little bit about the actual flight. This post is about my first couple of days in Chiang Mai and my first thoughts around being a digital nomad.
I landed on Tuesday Evening and had two priorities find an ATM and then find coffee. Had to find the ATM first though so I could pay for said coffee and get smaller bills. ATMs dispense primarily 1000 Baht notes which is equal to about $30. Let me tell you, it is pretty cool getting a slip from the ATM that tells me I have over 100K in my account (in Baht though). Finally I found an ATM in the airport, paid the ฿200 fee and was on my way. I found out it is cheaper to go to a taxi desk and request one than just street hailing. I bought a smoothie for ฿80 and then a taxi ride was ฿160. From landing to getting to my Airbnb it only cost ฿250 ($7), It is like all I paid for was the smoothie and I got a free taxi ride at US prices.
I then met up with my friend David who has lived in CM for the past 4 years. He took me to get Thai food (obviously that has to be my first meal). It was AMAZING. I had a pork curry (not pictured) that was incredible, morsels of spicy tender pork. We also had Larb Pla which was a dried fish and chili with the crunchiest cubes of pork skin, it was so good. Also featured at that meal were mushrooms that were tough on the outside and mushy on the inside, sorta like what would happen if nature made gushers. Finally we had a fish stew that I was not a huge fan of along with some sticky rice, normal rice and a scrambled egg dish. All in all – I chose the right place to start because I live for food and this food was worth it. I was pleasantly surprised that the heat level was totally manageable. After dinner we went and got Sticky Rice with Mango, a staple dessert here and let me tell you, they know how to do it. It was fantastic.
The next day I woke up extremely early and I walked around. I found a great espresso place and really just enjoyed walking through the sois of Nimman and getting lost. Once I made it back to my Airbnb, I checked in to work for a bit and then went to my first food cart. I devoured the food before I let the camera eat. Ooops. I rounded out my afternoon with a 2.5 hour thai massage which was in a spa that was wonderful, and for less than $8 an hour, I wonder why I don’t just decide to live there. Later that evening I went to a Burmese restaurant which was fantastic and I ate more than I should have but it was only ฿320 ($8.97) for two people including a beer for me.
The next day, I worked a lot. I had to finally catch up with US time and get everything caught up now that I was finally settled and jet lag had simmered down. I also checked out a few different places to post up to get work done. I am still undecided if it is worth signing up for a co-working space or if I should just work from coffee shops. To be determined I guess.